James Charles and more speak out on the tragic passing of gamer and vlogger Desmond Amofah (Etika), who was found deceased a week after going missing.
Police confirmed Tuesday that the 29-year-old’s body was discovered shortly before 6:30 p.m. Monday in the East River near the South Street Seaport.
Amofah vanished on June 19, after posting a cryptic, 8-minute video to his thousands of followers, in which he spoke about his suicidal thoughts.
“I’m sorry for leaving such a stained legacy,” he said in the since-deleted video. “I hope that my story maybe helps to make YouTube a better place in the future where people know boundaries and limits and how far things should go.”
Amofah was born in Brooklyn, New York City to Owuraku Amofah, a Ghanaian politician and lawyer. His father’s relative (addressed by him as “uncle”) Nana Akufo-Addo, of the prominent Ghanaian Ofori-Atta family, became President of Ghana in January 2017. He had an older brother, Randy Amofah, who died on October 31, 2010. Many believe this was a contributing factor to Amofah’s suicide despite his clarification that he fully coped with it.